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Rev. Fr. Simon Pallupetta
CHAI Kerala

Rev. Sr. Elsitta CMC
CHAI Kerala

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The Catholic Health Association of India - Kerala region was inaugurated in the year 1962 at Little Flower Hospital Angamaly, to provide accessibility to qualitative health services to the poor and the marginalized in the society. It has wide network relationship with 280 hospitals and Clinics, 29 Diocesan Social Service Societies and75 other charitable institutions.

CHAI-Kerala is also functioning in collaboration with KCBC Health Commission. It was on 21st December 2003 during the annual general body meeting of Catholic Health Association of India- Kerala Region (CHAI-Kerala) that His Excellency Rt.Rev.Dr.Varghese Chakkalakal, Chairman KCBC Health Commission and Ecclesiastical advisor to CHAI-Kerala, at that time, pronounced the appointment of K C B C Health Commission Secretary. The President of CHAI-Kerala and its Executive members were made the KCBC Health Commission Secretary and the Executive Members respectively. Thereby even though technically there were two entities, practically they became one and the same. Both began to work together as per the directions and guidelines of His Excellency, the Chairman, Health Commission.

During the past 46 years the member institutions of CHAI-Kerala have played a vital role in the over all health promotion in Kerala. While the Hospitals mainly concentrate in the institutionalized patient care, the other member institutions like social service societies and community health organizations engage themselves in community based health promotion through preventive and promotive health services.
It had implemented number of health projects with various agencies and hospitals in the past. Almost all the projects were oriented in capacity building, of personnel of member institutions, by providing training and health awareness and promotion of the people in the rural and village areas. CHAI - Kerala reads the signs of the time and responds creatively to the various needs of the Kerala region. It has also implemented various need-based projects.


Having received the mandate from Jesus, the Divine Healer, and urged by His compassionate love, the Catholic Church in Kerala envisages a just, peaceful and healthy society, where people, especially the poor and marginalized, attain and maintain holistic well being and live in harmony with the Creator, with one another and with the environment.


  • Provide humanizing care, considering the dignity of the person and the needs of society. Strive for the healing of the total person-physical, psychological, social and spiritual well being.
  • Ensure preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative health care to all, particularly the poor and the marginalized through enabling process,
  • Engage in social mobilization of the community by creating awareness of their rights, duties and responsibilities related to health issues.


CHAI Kerala is completing its 53rd year of journey and has made tremendous impact in the Health System through its member institutions with its dedicated service in the field of Health Care. CHAI Kerala consists of 5 Zones with more than 450 members who include Super Speciality, Speciality, Medium, and small Hospitals and Developmental Non Profit NGOs. The Kerala Catholic Bishop Council (KCBC) and the Catholic Bishop Conference of India (CBCI) strongly support all the endeavours of CHAI Kerala.

New Executive Director for CHAI Kerala

Fr. Simon Pallupetta (MHA, DMF-Bocconi Milan) joined as New Executive Director of Kerala Region on 15th March 2014.

Strategic Planning Workshop

The Catholic Health Association of India during its 70 year of celebrations decided to develop Strategic Planning Process to strengthen its Member institutions through collaborative partnership. The main objective of the process is to strengthen the Regional Units of CHAI and promote inter and intra networking within the Catholic units like Diocese. CHAI Kerala organized first Strategic Planning meeting on 12th and 13th of March 2014 at Renewal Centre, Kaloor, Cochin. Rev Fr. Stephan Althara, the then Deputy Secretary General of KCBC inaugurated the Workshop.

SYNERGY  I & II-2014

CHAI Kerala organized Synergy I- 2014 on 23rd and 24th July 2014 at Pastoral Orientation Centre, Cochin. The SYNERGY II -2014 was held from 20th to 22nd November 2014 at Renewal Centre, Cochin. The Theme for the year was “Current issues in the Catholic Health Care Ministry” in which Advocates from FRICL  (Forum for Reform in Corporate Law) took classes. Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Karikkasery, KCBC Health Commission Vice Chairman, inaugurated the meeting. Directors and Administrators of Major Catholic Hospitals participated in the two days’ Seminar.

Common Purchase for Hospital in Kerala

A Committee under the leadership of the President of CHAI Kerala was formed for the Common Purchase of items to CHAI Member hospitals. The Committee included Representatives from 10 leading hospitals under CHAI Kerala. CHAI Kerala has signed agreement with different companies and those items are distributed to the member hospitals at the rate according to the contract.

Blessing of new Office of CHAI Kerala

On 30th August 2014, the new renovated office of CHAI Kerala was blessed by His Excellency Bishop Mar Jacob Manathodath, Ecclesiastical Advisor of CHAI Kerala & KCBC Heath commission Chairman, along with CHAI Kerala Board Members and POC members.

Newly nominated members from CHAI Kerala for the IRC, Government of Kerala

 Government of Kerala nominated Rev. Fr. Sunil Chiriyankandath and Rev. Fr. Shaiju Thoppil as members of Industrial Regulation committee (IRC) representing Catholic Hospitals under CHAI in the State of Kerala.

52nd Regional AGBM -19th & 20th September 2014 at Renewal Centre, Kaloor

Chai-Kerala organized 52nd AGBM on 19th and 20th September 2014 at Renewal Centre Kaloor. Ceremony was inaugurated by the then Honourable Finance Minister of Kerala, Shri. K.M Mani. The Presidential address was given by Bishop Mar Jacob Manathodath (Chairman KCBC Health Commission and Ecclesiastical Advisor to Chai- Kerala). Benedictory Address was by Cardinal George Mar Alenchery (Major Archbishop, Syro-Malabar Church). Around 150 Participants from various Districts attended the meeting.

53rd Regional AGBM -13th & 14th August 2015 at Sahrudhya Engineering College, Kodakara

Chai-Kerala conducted 53rd AGBM on 13th & 14th August 2015 at Sahrudhya Engineering College, Kodakara. Around 160 Members participated in this programme. Ceremony was inaugurated by Adv.Thomas Unniyadan (Govt.Chief whip of Kerala). The Presidential address was given by Bishop Mar Jacob Manathodath (Chairman KCBC Health Commission and Ecclesiastical Advisor to Chai, Kerala). Key Note Address was by Prof. C. Raveendranath MLA, Puthukad.

Hospital Administrators and Directors Meeting at Pastoral Orientation Centre, Palarivattom

One day meeting for Hospital Administrators and Directors was held in CHAI Kerala Office campus (POC) on 6th October 2014 and 23rd July 2015 in which 200 plus members participated. The meeting was to discuss on various burning issues like KVAT, Clinical Establishment Bill, KSEB Tariff for Hospitals, Labour Law etc.

One Day Seminar for Hospital Directors on ‘Kerala Clinical Establishment Bill 2013’.

A one day Seminar on Clinical Establishment Bill was conducted at CHAI Kerala Campus on 8th November 2014. The Seminar was organized in coordination with CLOUDS (Centre for Legal and Organized Universal Development Studies).


Submission of Memorandum to Honourable Chief Minister Shri. Oomen Chandy & Finance Minister Shri. K. M. Mani

CHAI Kerala submitted a Memorandum to the Chief Minister on 11th February 2015 with regard to Exemption on Building Tax and Luxurious tax for hospital.


Managerial Training for Hospital Directors / Administrators at Pastoral Orientation Centre Palarivattom (3 Day Residential)

CHAI Kerala organized 3 days’ Residential Managerial Training for Hospital Directors/Administrators at POC Palarivattom. Four such meetings were conducted. The trainings were a new experience for the members and every one enjoyed the meeting very well

AXSHYA TB Project under CHAI Kerala

Project Axshya is one of the largest Global Fund supported Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM) intervention for TB care and control in India. The project is implemented in 374 Districts across 25 States to enhance early case detection and to minimize delay in treatment of TB symptomatic with the objective to expand reach, visibility and effectivenss of Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP). CHAI Kerala is one of the regional unit supporting Project Axshya in the state of Kerala in 13 Districts.

Fr. Simon Pallupetta

Executive Director, CHAI Kerala